Enzo Martinez, the Uruguayan-born South Carolina prep legend, was the instigator in No. 2 North Carolina's 2-1 comeback win over previously unbeaten N.C. State before 4,200 fans in Chapel Hill.
James Belshaw, who was developed in English pro club Walsall's youth system and even suited up for a League One (third division) game against Carlisle last season, came up big in goal for Duke, helping the No. 20 Blue Devils edge No. 21 Virginia, 1-0, in overtime before 4,692 fans in Charlottesville.
Martinez, better known for his scoring (182 goals at Rock Hill Northwestern High School) than playmaking, was fouled for the penalty kick Zach Loyd converted (twice) and fed Michael Farfan on the winning goal. The Cal State Fullerton transfer took possession outside the box, beat a defender at the edge of the area, then blasted a shot that ricocheted off the right post for the goal.
Virginia had the edge in regulation, but the 6-foot-2 Belshaw was a dominating force in goal. The Blue Devils won on Daniel Tweed-Kent's goal following a flurry of shots in the second overtime.
"We had an excellent game plan," Duke coach John Kerr said. "We did our homework on Virginia and some of their weapons were not necessarily nullified, but less of a threat. We were fortunate a couple of times that they missed some opportunities, but we dug our heels in and worked together and found a way to win the game."
* THIS WEEK'S TOP 25. Akron and North Carolina remained 1-2 in the Soccer America Men's Top 25. Wake Forest, Creighton and Dartmouth each moved up one spot to complete the top five. Five teams moved into the Top 25 for the first time this season: No. 12 Harvard, No. 16 Monmouth, No. 17 Butler, No. 18 Loyola Marymount and No. 25 Kentucky.
* TOP 25 RESULTS:
Friday, Sept. 11
No. 6 Dartmouth 0 No. 18 Connecticut 0.
No. 21 Virginia 0 No. 20 Duke 1 (Tweed-Kent 101) (OT).
(ACC opener for both teams attracts crowd of 4,692 at Klockner Stadium.)
Saturday, Sept. 12
No. 2 North Carolina 2 (Loyd 33, Farfan 65) No. 19 N.C. State 1 (Sanchez 2).
* RECORD BOOK. Senior Alan McGreal became Canisius' all-time leading scorer with 77 points when he scored in the Griffs' 1-1 tie with Cornell in front of 1,206 fans at the Demske Sports Complex on Friday.